Familiar Names Build Towards Championship on Ghilotti Construction Night

Old Petaluma Speedway track conditions prevailed Saturday Night as the black adobe clay was at its hooked up and tackiest on Team Ghiotti Night.  The Pit Stop USA.com Spec Sprint Series saw Billy Aton returning from a stint working at sea pick up fast time honors.  Sebastopol’s Geoff Ensign and Santa Rosa’s Terry Schank Jr. won the heat races.  In the main event Clint Simpson took the initial green over Bret Barney and Bill Cornwell.  Pacing the first six circuits Simpson washed up [...]

Division leaders take top honors at Petaluma Speedway

  PETALUMA, CA , Aug.18—With the points racing season closing in on the final stretch it’s time for Petaluma Speedway drivers hoping to make a late push towards a track championship to make their moves. But from all indications by the very strong performances by three of the Speedway’s division points leaders on Saturday, that task may prove to be an uphill challenge. Among the victorious drivers who extended their points lead were Napa driver Joe Stornetta, in [...]

Henry, Bragg and Albright tops at Open Wheel Madness

  PETALUMA, CA, Aug. 11—It was time to turn back the calendar Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway, to an era when fenderless race cars ruled the sport of auto racing. The Speedway’s sixth annual Open Wheel Madness competition, featuring winged 360 Sprint Cars along with the Bay Cities Racing Association’s Midget and Midget Lite divisions provided the racing action, with plenty of timely reminders of the perils of open-wheel racing. Sacramento driver Mike Henry held off the charges of Bradley [...]

Terrell denies Henry’s last-ditch bid for win

PETALUMA, CA. July 28—Although he’s just 21-years-old Bradley Terrell is a veteran sprint car racer with one track championship under belt. Over the course of the past seven seasons he’s competed against the best drivers the division has to offer and has gained a reputation as hard charger. Saturday night, while gunning for his 15th career victory at Petaluma Speedway, the Sebastopol driver, in what possibly was his sternest test ever, climbed from ninth place to overtake race leader [...]

Chase Johnson very cool in 360 Sprint Car win

  PETALUMA, CA. July 21—No one could blame Chase Johnson if he was a bit nervous as he lined up in the front row at the start of Saturday’s Pit Stop USA 360 Sprint Car feature at Petaluma Speedway. Just one row behind him in the 13-car field was five-time track champion David Lindt Jr. and two rows further back was two-time champion Art McCarthy Jr. Championships aside, the two veteran racers hold a combined Petaluma Speedway total of 84 [...]

Speedway winning streaks stay alive

  Next to winning a race or capturing a track championship one of the most difficult obstacles in racing is to mount a multi-race winning streak, which has no formula available other than rigorous preparation and a solid dose of good luck. Currently, there are two red-hot drivers at Petaluma Speedway riding the crest of notable winning streaks, Mike Learn, who has won four consecutive main events in the Lumberjack Restaurants Super Stock division, and Geoff Ensign, a three-peat feature [...]

Dialed-in Stephen Allard charges to Civil War victory

  PETALUMA, CA. July 7—Veteran sprint car racer Stephen Allard, who had never finished higher than third place at Petaluma Speedway, looked like he was the man to beat as he commanded the lead for all but one of the initial 11 laps of the 30-lap Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Series A-main event on Saturday night, but when the Cameron Park driver hit a wet spot that aimed his winged sprint car towards the Turn 1 crash wall allowing [...]

Terrell, DeCarlo, & Learn Pick Up Tabs on Lumberjack Restaurant Night

PETALUMA, CA, June30— It took 24 and 7/8’s laps for Bradley Terrell to forge to the lead in round #6 of the Pit Stop USA.com Winged 360 Series Event Saturday Night, but his perseverance was well received by the full grandstand crowd.  Eighteen Winged Warriors timed in on what was described by many as the best Petaluma track surface in years.  Terrell the young, veteran, Sebastopol native had his familiar family owned #43 sprinter dialed in on both the [...]

Motorcycles are a hit at Petaluma Speedway

PETALUMA, CA, June 16—A perfectly groomed hard and smooth race track, made to order for the second annual visit by Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series, proved to be the formula for success as 91 entries from California, Nevada and Utah fiercely competed in a five-division program to the delight of a grandstand packed with enthusiastic motorcycle racing fans on an unusually warm Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway. Twelve Sonoma County riders were on hand to compete, with [...]

Gene Romero Flat Track Series Returns to Petaluma Speedway

Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series returns with its rolling thunder show to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday, June 16, for round three of the West Coast Flat Track Series. Spectator gates open at 4:0pm with racing starting at 6:30pm. Last year the flattrack motorcycles took on the clay 3/8-mile Petaluma Speedway to a packed grandstand of race fans showcasing the traditional and uniquely American style of motorcycle racing that combines speed and agility as racers battle handlebar to handlebar, [...]